Next year IW Mardi Gras will be on Saturday 30th June 2018 and the theme is 

Global Biospheres ‘connecting people with nature and cultural heritage’

The Official Launch Event for IW Mardi Gras 2018 will take place at Ryde Academy in their new studio/theatre on

Thursday 16th November at 5.30pm.

Due to extensive construction works still taking place at Ryde Academy the former main car park at front of school is not in use.

Please use the temporary car park at the far end of site where access is via Pell Lane, past main entrance to the junction with Mountbatten Drive. The Car Park will be on your left and the way to the Studio Theatre will be signed from there.

As the site is restricted please allow extra time for parking up and car share where possible.

We shall be serving teas and coffees from 5.15pm.


Guests speakers at the event will be on hand to explain the significance, the context and the learning opportunities within our new 2018 theme including

  • Joel Bateman
  • Richard Grogan from AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
  • Supporters of the year’s learning programme
  • Nia Collins from IW Music Hub

Nia will once again be supporting the writing, performing and recording of a new Mardi Gras Anthem on the theme with Island schools. We expect the presentations to run from 5.30pm to approximately 7.00pm. 

Global Biospheres

The Global Biospheres theme will present, through carnival examples of UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserves across the world. The Island aims to become the third English Biosphere Reserve by 2020 and the Mardi Gras theme for 2019 is Biosphere - Isle of Wight. 

For details read the UNESCO pdf booklet.


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